Encouragement for Pastors and Those Who Care for Them

Month: July 2021

12. Lighten Up and Fly Bright

Recently I sat around a table with other pastors sharing stories about funerals and weddings that did not quite go as planned. It was wonderfully therapeutic. These other pastors are gifted people with vibrant ministries whose labors sometimes went awry. We laughed, as we pastors must do, and it was good.

So, with a nod to Nat King Cole, I’d like to encourage us all to find ways we can “lighten up and fly bright.”

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EPISODE NOTES

Having trouble laughing at yourself? Perhaps you can begin by laughing with others. Try this.


Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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11. On Being Predictable and Consistent

Hi. Welcome to mid-July at Greatheart’s Table. As you know I’ve promised to keep our time together short each week. Each newsletter post of 800 words translates into about 6-8 minutes on audio. I don’t want to consume too much of your time. Nevertheless, should you like to carry on the conversation, do so by emailing me, or posting comments on the newsletter. I’m encouraged by the interchange.

Also, remember, there will be no post on July 19. The next one will be released on July 26.

This week I want to consider a temptation we all face, which is in some ways good and in other ways deadly. So pull up a chair and let’s talk about “Being Predictable and Consistent.”


EPISODE NOTES

The sermon referenced is from John Webster, Christ Our Salvation, (United States: Lexham Press, 2020), p. 94, 95 and p. 91.

John 3:8 suggests that the Holy Spirit is sometimes unconcerned about the predictable and consistent. There, Jesus says, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Sage counsel.

Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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10. Pastor Puddleglum

Thanks for the encouraging words many of you have sent my way.

I write with pastors in view – so if you know any who might benefit from joining us here, do let them know. But I am discovering that many of you who have found the content thus far helpful are not pastors. I say, the more the merrier. I’m glad to have you as well. Pass an invite on to others you know.
Either way, if you have a few moments and could post a review on your podcast source, I’d appreciate that.

In this post I’d like to think about the diverse square pegs God calls to fit into the curiously round hole called ministry.

I’d like you to meet “Pastor Puddleglum.”


EPISODE NOTES

These words of Puddleglum come from C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, (United States: HarperCollins Publishers, 1981), p. 69.

I have an ambivalent relationship with Whitefield in particular and the Great Awakening in general which may explain my rather Puddleglummish approach here. Nevertheless, Thomas Kidd’s bio of Whitefield is wonderful.

The B. Franklin quote comes from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin accessed via Project Gutenberg.

Tennant’s sermon is summarized here. Full text here.

And here are Tigger and Eeyore

Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


Thanks for joining us at The Table.

To find our more about Greatheart’s Table, visit us here.

You can email us at GreatheartsTable@gmail.com.

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